Too busy for the Bible, II

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Nov 17, 2004

The US bishops (see below) have decided not to issue a statement encouraging use of the Bible, because they're already putting out so many other statements.

This is a prudent decision, because:

  • Nobody would have read the statement anyway. They saved a few trees.
  • If anyone did read the statement, it would probably prove an embarrassment. If the bishops thought they could impress Bible-belt Protestants by issuing a windy endorsement of ready the Scriptures, they were mistaken. Evangelical Christians have already got the message, and they'd wonder why the bishops took so long (and so many words) to state the obvious.
  • Any time the US bishops' conference decides not to issue a statement, it's a good thing.
  • Now the next time the USCCB puts out a statement on the Kyoto Treaty or the regulation of short-term interest rates, we can wonder aloud when they'll find time for a statement on the Word of God. Eventually even they might get the point.
  • All of the above.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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